From Bilbao with pride
Bilbao Bizkaia Pride 2018 will proudly wave the rainbow flag from 21 to 24 June. Come join the party!
Bilbao is hosting Bilbao Bizkaia Pride 2018 from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 June 2018. The parade is a sociocultural event that gives visibility to the LGBT+ community.
Can you imagine yourself celebrating equality and diversity on a boat navigating the Ría and passing by landmarks like the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao? This you can do with Ur Parade, a parade that fills the Ría with dozens of boats all decked out for the special occasion.
The four-day Bilbao Bizkaia Pride 2018 provides a platform to proudly showcase the best street performances, food tours, open-air shows and a full programme of off-Pride events across town.
Open-minded and friendly
Bizkaia likes you just the way you are; here you are free to be yourself
Although the festival fills the whole city with pride, most activities take part on the Ría, El Arenal and Bilbao La Vieja. In El Arenal they run free shows like those staged in the past featuring Kate Ryan, Barei, La Prohibida, Las Bistecs and Sandra Love, among others.
Bilbao Bizkaia Pride 2018 has everything it needs to be a memorable event. But there is something missing: you. The biggest events are Ur Parade and the concerts at El Arenal, but there is much more than that: open-air shows featuring big local and international bands, food tours, cultural meetings, talks and attractive activities for families with kids like Family Pride. The entire festival is aimed at campaigning for tolerance, equality and diversity.
Sports are an important part of the festival. Kirol Pride includes herri kirolak (Basque rural sports) competitions and marathons open to all kinds of runners. The celebrations are open to anyone who is passionate about equality and diversity. And remember, love always wins!
Party goes on in the evening at DJ sessions, where you will have the time of your life dancing and having fun. While Bilbao Bizkaia Pride is on, many establishments and private venues organise pride-themed events and parties grouped as off-Pride activities. Come to Bizkaia and five, feel and love the way you want.
How to get thereThe Casco Viejo (Old Town) and the Arenal are centrally located and easily accessible by underground, train, tram or bus. If you are driving your car, leave it at the Arenal private car park, since finding a parking place in the Casco Viejo is always a hassle.
From Casco Viejo Station, Euskotren has connections with line E3 (Lezama-Kukullaga), line E1 (Bilbao-San Sebastián) and line E4 (Bilbao-Bermeo), with trains to towns in Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, including Donostia-San Sebastián.
Metro Bilbao is a truly rapid transit system. Get off at Casco Viejo Station and exit at San Nicolás or Unamuno squares.
The Arriaga stop is across the Arriaga Theatre square, at the entrance to the Casco Viejo and across the Arenal. To join the Ur Parade, get off at one of the Abandoibarra stops: Guggenheim, Uribitarte or Pío Baroja.
Bilbobus, the bus transit system that operates in Bilbao, has several lines that stop at the Arenal: 03, 11, 22, 28, 30, 40, 56, 58, 62, 71, 72, 75, 77 and 85.
On the A-8 from Santander, take exit 116A until you reach the roundabout. Continue on the road to Larreagaburu. Take Avenida Miraflores all the way down to the Arriaga Theatre square. If you are coming from France, take exit 115B instead and follow the same directions as above.
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